I met a bus driver recently. It’s not like we shook hands and introduced ourselves. Well, he was conversing with someone and I “tuned in.” Yes,that’s euphemism for “eavesdropping”.

They discussed a wide variety of things, one of which was his (the driver)employment history.
The driver said he graduated in ’06.

My jaw dropped. Assin the driver is a graduate.

Well, the shock was easy to absorb given what lack of job opportunities has made people to turn to in other to earn a living.

Then he continued, he said immediately he finished his youth service, that he took up employment with the Ministry of Transport.

“I love driving,” he said. “It’s my passion”.

That was when I turned and looked at his face. A youngman, dark,decent. He said he worked with a Govt-owned transport company first. According to him, the corporation rakes in about 100million per day.

I was like, haba! Do you even know what 100million naira is? Can he even grasp the amount?

Assin 100M!!!

Of course I made the remark within myself. You know I have home training, so I cannot blurt into peoples conversation like that.

Then he noted that the Corporation had routes all over Nigeria and within West Africa.

He described the job as cool. He said he used to wear suit and tie, was always given a decent accommodation wherever he passed the night. And he emphasized how well the job paid.

He said the stress of driving very long distances everyday began to weigh on him. So he tendered his resignation after 9 years and he was duly paid off. In addition to his savings, he got some buses to ply different routes for him and he drives one of them within town.

I was in awe… say the least.

Here is a young man who took up employment in a line of job that is considered menial. Not out of frustration, or as a last resort after all other endeavors failed to pan-out.

Driving is he’s chosen career path.

I swear I understood the meaning of passion for ones job and career fulfilment that day.

We all have passion, maybe some people haven’t discovered theirs,while some others who have are yet to horn it well enough to make money out of it, talk more of making a living out of it.

This young man has surpassed average in many ways; has a career of choice runs his own business, makes his own money, on top all that he is passionate about what he does.

Maybe we nod our heads when we hear people say their passion is to heal the sick,abi na treat sef, or to impact knowledge. Maybe because we consider careers in such path noble with has good financial prospects. But passion is hardly about financial reward. People have made careers out of almost everything; make-up, cooking,dancing,jumping,reading, talking, walking, etc. What guides them and keeps them relentless is their love for those things. Some people love to read,it’s not mandatory but they always find something to keep them reading every time. Some love to talk. Some love God so much they are heated about others knowing and loving Him too. Pursue whatever is your passion and you’ll be amazed at how much reward you will make out of it. You will even be more amazed the financial reward will be the least of your gain.

Morgan Freeman said if he didn’t make it big in Hollywood, that he’d have still been acting with a troupe somewhere, even if it was for free.

There’s nothing undignifying about what one’s passion is as there’s nothing else they’d rather do.

People pursue their passion, working silently wherever they are; some in one corner of their lab, seeking knowledge as scientists, some others in the corner of a room making sketches or composing notes,some others in the heat of fire, preparing the sumptuous meal people will savor later. Even if their works are left unnoticed or unrewarded, they know the reward they enjoy within. The peace. The satisfaction. The happiness. Something we all seek.

Try and find yours too, whatever it may be.

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